Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.30
Liaison Bo Solomon
Submission Date March 31, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Drexel University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Bo Solomon
University Sustainability Officer
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Indoor bike storage is available in the following residence halls: Caneris, Race Street Residences, North Hall, Van Renssleaer Hall. The Univeristy has over 300 outdoor bike rack parking spaces and allows employee bike commuters to use shower and locker facilities in the Drexel Recreation Center for free.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
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Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Drexel Bike Share is open to all students, faculty and professional staff with a valid Drexel University ID and in good standing with the University. There is no rental fee to use a Drexel Bike Share bike. To be eligible to participate in Drexel Bike Share, the student or employee must complete a Drexel Bike Share Membership Agreement and, prior to each use of Bike Share equipment, a Drexel Bike Share User Agreement, which can both be found on the Drexel Parking Services website. The use of a Drexel Bike Share bike includes a helmet, u-lock, cable and lock key (the “Equipment”). All Bike Share Equipment is picked up and returned to the Drexel Bike Share hub located in the Parking Services Garage Office, Room #124, 3330 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (the “Hub”). Drexel makes no representations as to the availability of the Equipment. Use of the Equipment is strictly on a “first come, first served” basis. There are 20 bikes available for use by the Drexel community. On average, more bikes are utilized in good weather than cold or inclement weather. Drexel Parking Services saw the highest rate of usage during the program’s history in November 2012. Maintenance is completed as repairs are needed and include general tune-ups annually.


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

The ComPass Program is a SEPTA sponsored and Drexel University subsidized discount program available to currently enrolled Drexel full-time students that provides a 10% discount on monthly commuter passes. SEPTA supplies a 5% discount and Drexel provides a 5% match, giving a 10% discount. Drexel Student Centers oversees the SEPTA ComPass program for all full-time students. HR oversees the program for benefits eligible employees. University Facilities also operates three free biodiesel-powered shuttle bus lines to transport students, faculty, and staff within and between its three Philadelphia campuses.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
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Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Drexel co-op students have free access to Ridaroo, Drexel's carpool matching service.


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Drexel Parking Services has partnerships with Zipcar, Inc. and Enterprise CarShare, car sharing programs on our University City and Queen Lane Campuses. These cost-effective and convenient transportation options are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students ages 18 and older, as well as faculty and professional staff members. Drexel Parking Services also has (2) EV vehicle charging stations located on the University City Campus.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
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Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Per the University's Flexible Work Arrangements Policy, one option professional staff can pursue with their managers is a compressed work schedule, in which a traditional 40 hour work week is condensed into fewer than ten days of work over a two-week period.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

Per the University's Flexible Work Arrangements Policy, one option professional staff can pursue with their managers is a compressed work schedule, in which a traditional 40 hour work week is condensed into fewer than ten days of work over a two-week period.


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Drexel University's Employee Home Purchase Assistance Program was established to encourage and support home ownership within defined borders of the Drexel University main campus community (Drexel). The program offers a forgivable loan to benefit eligible full- and part-time Drexel University, including Drexel University College of Medicine, faculty and professional staff toward the purchase or renovation of homes within defined borders.


Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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